Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Teacher Opportunities

LabXchange at Harvard University: Call for Beta Testers

LabXchange at Harvard University is a free online platform for science education launching in January 2020. If you want a sneak peek, we invite you to join our preview this fall as a beta tester!

LabXchange allows educators to remix and share content to support differentiated, personalized learning. The content library contains high-quality digital resources from universities and scientific organizations worldwide - including interactive lab simulations, videos, assessments, and more. Educators can combine this content with their own materials to create customized learning pathways. As well as facilitating content creation and remixing, LabXchange connects learners, educators and researchers through social features such as private classes, discussion forums, and the ability to mentor or be mentored. By providing tools that foster hybrid learning, LabXchange allows users to engage in design, iteration, and problem-solving, while supporting individual exploration.

Take our Educator Tour or visit our website to learn more! And for the latest LabXchange news, updates, and testimonials, we invite you to join our mailing list.


December 7, 8am-4pm, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Grade 3-12 educators: Explore aspects of changing atmosphere on coastal ecosystems and community using the phenomenon of sea level rise. Featured topics include the Oregon King Tides Photo project, connections to local research, and stewardship field experiences for students. Stipend or MWEEs credit available. $25 deposit will be refunded upon completing the workshop. Click here to learn more and register.

Science Communication Fellowship - Nautilus Exploration Program

Educators and communicators are invited to apply to join an oceanographic expedition where they will gain exposure to STEM at sea, and engage audiences at home and around the world. Click here for flyer. Apply by January 10.

FREE Online Courses

The Genius of our Ancestors: Engineering of the Past, Present and Future

January 16, 4:30-5:30pm. Since time immemorial, engineering has been a feat perfected by by the plant and animal relatives throughout our traditional homelands. They served as our teachers in developing tools, structures, and protocols allowing us to thrive then, now, and, with our responsibilities fulfilled, into the future. This webinar will provide insight into the genius of our ancestors with classroom activities discussed and appropriate approaches to incorporating them. Learn more and register here.

Claim, Evidence, Reasoning

February 11, 4:30-5:30pm. Learn more and register here.

Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our time. Human activity has already warmed the planet by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times, and we are feeling the effects through record heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, the planet will reach two degrees of warming by 2050 - the threshold that many scientists have identified as a dangerous tipping point. What is the science behind these projections?

Join climate scientist expert Michael Mann to learn about the basic scientific principles behind climate change and global warming. We need to understand the science in order to solve the broader environmental, societal and economic changes that climate change is bringing. Click here to learn more and register.

K-12 Earthquake Science Professional Development Opportunity

The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. The course is organized into four modules that introduce plate tectonics and earthquake science then apply this general knowledge specifically to Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Within each chapter, a video lecture (or series of video lectures) introduces the topic, along with additional videos and animations. Most chapters contain lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans were designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary, high school, and college levels. Each lesson plan specifies the Next Generation Science Standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys. It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, so successful completion of the course will result in receipt of a certificate for 28 PDUs (28 clock hours for WA teachers). If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email address to: Bob Butler, University of Portland Professor Emeritus, You will then receive information on how to access this free on-line course!


This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses

Picture Perfect STEM Online Course

A Picture-Perfect STEM Online Course includes:

  • 10 hours of live training using Zoom Video Conferencing. Note: This course is a real-time, interactive learning experience requiring attendance and participation at each session.
  • 3 two-hour sessions with the authors and 2 two-hour sessions with a trained facilitator
  • 1 ebook of choice from either Picture-Perfect Science STEM Lessons K–2 or Picture-Perfect Science STEM Lessons 3–5
  • A digital learning packet containing the first 5 chapters of Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, lessons modeled during the webinars, and relevant articles
  • Graduate credit if purchased separately—information will be available during the first session
Course runs on 5 Wednesdays, starting January 15. Learn more and register here

Student/Classroom Opportunities

Calling all science research students!

Oregon Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a competition that awards scholarships to students interested in STEM and is sponsored by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. The competition is open to all High School students from the state of Oregon who are US Citizens. The first round of the competition is blind judging of student research summaries. All students who submit a research summary are invited to attend the regional event held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum where 12 semifinalists will compete for scholarships and a chance to attend the National Competition. To learn more about Oregon JSHS, visit

  • Online Registration & Summary Submission Deadline - December 10, 2019
  • Oregon JSHS Event - February 7-8, 2020 at the Evergreen Aviation Museum
  • Student Scholarship awards – A total $4500, awarded to the Oregon JSHS finalists: 1st place - $2,000, 2nd place - $1,500, 3rd place - $1,000
  • Student Finalists - Top 5 students go on an all-expenses paid trip to the National Competition at Norfolk, Virginia April 15-18, 2020
  • Teacher Award - $500 award to honor the teacher for contributions to student research pursuits. Email questions to Bevin Daglen

Lunch with a STEM Professional

Save the date! More details coming soon. January 20, 2020.

Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.


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